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Common Dead Recording New Full-Length Album

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Common Dead has started recording new material just months after the release of the rawly produced "Diatribe" (reviewed here) in early 2012.

The preemptive return to the studio is the result of an absence of touring as of late, as sole member Andrew Laurenson is currently dedicated to assembling a full group for live performances, having left behind the one-man-live element of Common Dead's early days.

"When people go to a metal show, they want the instruments on display. The instruments are live on my albums, so they should be live in person, and do justice to the music," explained the band founder. "Until I can provide that, with a set of musicians, and take the band other places, I'm putting the PA thing behind me. It was fine for bars and basement gigs, but you shoot for anything higher, it just looks novelty."

On the recording side, the material is coming along more fluidly. While keeping true to its thrashy backdrop, the new vocals of Common Dead will reportedly "offer a progression in pitches and harmony with a balance for the ruggedness on Diatribe."

Andrew adds: "Two songs into the next album and I'm already excited as hell for their release. More than anything before. The vocals are starting to catch with variety, that hit closer to Anselmo and Flynn and Cavalera, my influences. I keep pushing the limits and each time I'm thinking, 'damnit, I wish I was doing it this way when I started'. There will be a modern influence on this album, in terms of more abstract lyrics, and more of a classic approach to the bar structure."

No release date is confirmed at this time for Common Dead's third full-length effort. Stay tuned to the band's official website and Facebook page for updates.

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